Our mission is to save Australian wildlife – the unique plants and animals that have mostly evolved in isolation on this continent for millions of years – from the harm caused by invasive species. The majority of extinct Australian animals have been wiped out by introduced cats, foxes, rats and diseases. The number of harmful invasive species is growing rapidly due to rapidly expanding global trade.
We work to persuade governments to strengthen quarantine to prevent new species arriving and to better protect nature by controlling or eradicating harmful species. We advocate for smarter solutions – research to develop more effective, ecological and humane methods of control, for example. We collaborate with researchers on projects such as identifying the highest risk species that Australia should try to keep out. We also do some on-ground work – controlling yellow crazy ants in north Queensland and surveying the smooth newt (a new invasive species).
To keep what is special about this country, Australia needs much stronger biosecurity. The Invasive Species Council is the main NGO in Australia advocating this on behalf of nature.